COVID-19 Update: Food and agriculture critical infrastructure sector classification and state and local restrictions and curfews

As the novel coronavirus crisis continues to escalate, state and local governments have begun implementing increasingly aggressive measures, including restrictions on when and which businesses may operate, quarantines, curfews, and lockdowns.

Some measures have been tailored to accommodate continued operation of the food sector, while others are more general. These restrictions risk creating confusion as to whether food sector employees may travel to work or conduct transportation operations during restricted time periods, and companies should expect more such measures in the coming days.

This alert summarizes federal government policy prioritizing the continued operation of the food and agriculture sector and related transportation operations as Critical Infrastructure Sectors and provides template letters companies may wish to use to use to identify employees, contractors, and carriers as Critical Industry Infrastructure workers.

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